For this "Water Quality Wednesday" I'd like to give a shout out to all of the amazing Streamkeepers volunteers who have come out to help collect high and low flow water quality data! Since 2011, we've tallied over 1000 volunteer hours for our community-based water monitoring program. WOW! Thanks Streamkeepers, for all of your hard work and dedication to monitoring water quality in the Elk Valley and for your contribution to increasing waters literacy in the area.
To see some of the data that these incredible volunteers have collected, visit the resource section of our website: http://www.elkriveralliance.ca/water_quality
Are you interested in becoming a Streamkeeper? Let us know! The ERA will be facilitating another Streamkeepers course later this summer. Stay tuned for details!!
The last three major floods in the Elk River watershed in 1974, 1995 and 2013 all occurred in June. So it is perfect timing to release the Elk River Flood Strategy, a project facilitated and coordinated by the Elk River Alliance. Following the 2013 flood, decision makers from local government, industry and community met to discuss the event and reached consensus that to prepare for future floods in the Elk Valley we needed to better understand the hydrology and behaviour of the watershed, future effects of land use and climate change, and flood management strategies that would effectively protect people and critical infrastructure, as well as protect watershed function and wildlife habitat. This proactive, holistic, watershed wide strategy is the result of consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, governments and community and maps a way forward toward water sustainability.
Read the short 4-Page Executive Summary here.
For the full report click here.
A local brew-ha-ha!
Join us for a night of infectious laughter, local beer and tasty food on July 30th at the Fernie Community Centre from 8-11pm. This evening will feature 3 hilarious comedians from across Canada: Ken Valgardson, Dan Clarke and Drew Behm, representing the Laugh Shop—Live Stand Up. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Profits will support the Elk River Alliance!
Buy tickets HERE
Check out the "water quality" section of our resources tab! The Elk River Alliance will be sharing water quality data collected through the community-based water monitoring program every Wednesday. Keep posted to the website or our Facebook page to learn more about water quality on Lizard and Alexander Creeks in the Elk Valley.
On May 21st, 16 adults and 7 kids helped to pull 21 FULL garbage bags of spotted knapweed from the banks of Maiden Lake. Shout-outs to all of you excellent community stewards!! Including, volunteers from the Elk River Alliance, Wildsight, the Fernie Nature Club, the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council. Nice work everyone!!
Also, thanks to Teck for generously funding snacks and supplies for volunteers!
Join the Elk River Alliance, Wildsight and the East Kootenay Invasive Plants Council at Maiden Lake on May 21st from 1-3pm to for an invasive weed pull targeting spotted knapweed. Refreshments will be provided, please RSVP to email@example.com so we can prepare. Meet at Maiden Lake if you'd like to participate. If possible, bring gloves and a small garden shovel/trowel. Long sleeves are recommended.
To learn more about why invasive species are a problem, click here. Invasive plants are recognized as the second biggest threat to global biodiversity, after habitat loss. If you'd like to learn more about spotted knapweed, click here.
The Elk River Alliance is hosting an experiential summer day camp for youth aged 10-14. Youth will get their hands wet and feet muddy exploring mountains, marshes, forests and rivers. Activities include: hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, geocaching, canoeing, fishing, floating, wild yoga, water science and MORE.
Participants will learn practical, hands-on skills and meet professionals who work in various environmental careers. Skills acquired during the camp include: water safety and river rescue; GPS mapping and computer modelling; assessing river and riparian health; thinking like a fish; reading mountain geology and glacial history.
Two camp week options: 1) July 25-29 and 2) August 8-12. Cost: $325/week for each participant. Sign up before June 1st and receive a $75 early registration discount ($250/week). If multiple family members register, siblings are $250 each. Additional subsidies are available if required. Contact Ayla Bennett from the Elk River Alliance for more information by phone (250) 423-8799, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.elkriveralliance.ca. Register at the College of the Rockies—Fernie campus.
Building, renovating, or selling property in the Elk Valley? Join us April 11th for an up-to-date look at flooding in the Elk Valley and how it affects your clients.
Please help map Fernie! Community members can contribute to the Open Street Map document to put Fernie residences and features into this interactive map. We will use this information to help assess potential flood risk.
If you would like to participate in a workshop social event, please join us for a community map-a-thon! This event will take place on March 31st from 6-8pm at the Elk River Alliance/Wildsight office (891 2nd Ave). No experience required! Please bring a laptop or smartphone if possible. Refreshments will be provided.
The Elk River Alliance is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the College of the Rockies and Terra Erosion Control to host a two-day bioengineering workshop on stream side rehabilitation techniques for flood mitigation. This workshop includes outdoor lectures as well as site visits to potential flood mitigation project sites in the Fernie area. It is tailored to government agencies, municipal staff, industry, consultants, environmental NGOs and interested citizens. Pierre Raymond is the President and Owner of Terra Erosion Control Ltd., which is a Kootenay based company that specializes in biotechnical slope stabilization solutions to erosion and sediment control, riparian restoration, stormwater outfall protection, and mining/industrial reclamation.
To register, please click here to be directed to the College of the Rockies registration page. You can also sign up in person or by calling the College at (250) 423-4691. For more information, please contact Lee-Anne Walker (email@example.com).